Simpson United Methodist Church

Simpson United Methodist Church (HMHM9)

Location: Austin, TX 78702 Travis County
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N 30° 16.4', W 97° 43.309'

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This congregation grew from an early Sunday school class directed by Annas Brown, Richard Dukes and Mrs. Vina Harris Forehand, Members of Wesley Chapel Methodist Episcopal Church, for residents of the far eastern section of Austin. In December 1880 the group organized as the Simpson Mission Methodist Episcopal Church. The congregation name was chosen to honor Bishop Matthew Simpson (d.1884), a pioneer Methodist leader who was also an active political negotiator, an abolitionist and a noted orator.

Worship services were first held in a community schoolhouse. A frame sanctuary, constructed at the corner of Concho and Gregory Streets in May 1881,was used until the congregation moved to this site in 1922. New facilities were later added here to accommodate the church's continued growth.

Known as Simpson United Methodist Church since 1970, this fellowship has played a significant role in the development of Austin's black community for over a century. Church programs, including mission work, service projects and revivals, have reflected the congregation's strong sense of community pride and involvement. Pastors and members here have included many prominent Methodist leaders.
HM NumberHMHM9
Marker Number14406
Year Placed1982
Placed ByThe Texas Historical Commission
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Date Added Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 10:13pm PDT -07:00
Photo Credits: [1] BEN HEIMSATH  [2] BEN HEIMSATH  
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 622943 N 3349764
Decimal Degrees30.27333333, -97.72181667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 16.4', W 97° 43.309'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 16' 24.00" N, 97° 43' 18.54" W
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Area Code(s)512, 361
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1191-1199 Leona St, Austin TX 78702, US
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Marker is very visible from the street. Church also has just installed its National Register of Historic Places marker as well.

Sep 12, 2016 at 7:31pm PDT by benonline

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